UKIP Students at Warwickshire College
Sam Turner and I were invited to take part in the “party for parties” event held at Warwickshire College over the students’ lunch period on Wednesday 4th March. We laid out literature on our table in the foyer alongside young members of Labour, the Conservatives and the Green Party, as the students passed through they took the opportunity to ask questions and find out about the solutions we offer to the issues they find most important.
Besides “what made you join UKIP?” we were asked about welfare, foreign aid, the NHS, education, immigration, gay marriage and unsurprisingly the European Union. It was incredibly encouraging to find we were rarely in disagreement.
They were not interested in the empty smears that often make the headlines, but things like welfare and the NHS, understandably, being two of the most important things that affect day to day life of many people. As we shared stories of our personal experiences, it was clear that they feel the most vulnerable of us are being forgotten and let down in time of need while there is an awful amount of misuse. This is where we got the opportunity to express one of the core values of UKIP, delivering the upmost best care for those in genuine need, whether it be the safety net the welfare system is designed to provide or the best possible health care free at the point of use. Just this alone really got people on board, showing a great amount of support for what we aim to achieve on these issues as a party.
It came as quite a shock to the next group of students to approach us, to hear that 75% of our laws are now made in Brussels and even that MPs are often told how they are to vote by party whips. A lively discussion followed, bringing about another opportunity for me and Sam to promote something valued greatly by UKIP, true democracy. They all agreed that after all, those elected are there to represent the people who elected them, not the government or the European Parliament, so found the absence of a party whip, along with our policy on local referendum for local issues and of course national referendum on our membership of the European Union, rather appealing.
Although there were a few who were not entirely convinced, I would say overall the event was a success, we left on a very positive note with a box of materials much lighter than when we arrived, which is always a good sign!